Saturday, 26 April 2014

DIY Heart Pinafore (tutorial + outfit)

Blouse is thrifted | pinafore is DIY | socks are c/o Sock Dreams

If you follow me on instagram then I've spoiled the surprise already, but this is what I got up to yesterday! This idea for a heart-shaped pinafore dress has literally been stopping me from sleeping for the past few nights, because I've been way too excited to make it! (Do any other sewers out there get inconveniently-timed sewing-inspirations at 4am in the morning? I sure do.)

The stretchy gingham material was an awesome find - $2 from the op-shop. I recommend to everybody that they search for fabrics in op-shops before resorting to places like spotlight (not only do these fabrics need to find new homes, but it's about 20 times cheaper).

And of course, I made a video explaining exactly how to make one for yourself! It's actually pretty easy to do - if you're able to make a skirt then you will have no problems turning it into a cute pinafore. In fact, this is the easy part.
You could even turn an old skirt into a heart-shaped pinafore dress using this tutorial - you don't have to start entirely from scratch!
Let me know what you think, and if you happen to give it (or any of my other tutorials) a go, then send me a photo using #diyannika on instagram.

I hope that you're all having a lovely day,

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  1. I'm like the opposite of your inconvenient sewing inspirations--I kept putting off sewing my last skirt until I was forced into finishing it by sheer hatred of the mess it was making around the house! :P

    I love the idea of your pinafore though, I reckon I'll give this a go at some point :D (When I can get over just cleaning up all the mess that I left behind from my last project..)


  2. Gah, so cute and pretty!

  3. Wow thats amazing! I adore this!! Thankyou for posting a DIY tutorial xxxxx


  4. It's so cute. You always make everything seem so easy. I think I just need a lot more practice.

  5. Oh my, hearts are my one of my favorites!
    Very inspirational. :]
    ♡ Dulce

  6. That material is so cute! I love it and you pull it off perfectly!

  7. Really cute! It looks so easy when you do it. Your hair is really growing fast , it looks so pretty on these pictures.

  8. This is a fabulous DIY! I am glad we are both on youtube! We should do a package swap or something! I feel like that'd be so fun! Maybe we could do mostly handmade items in there or something. This idea just literally popped into my mind and its 7:08 AM here in Illinois. Haha! Anyway, you're the best. I love you!

    love, polly

  9. I've only just found your blog and I already love you! What camera do you use? The pictures are lovely! x

    1. Ohhh thank you so much! I use a canon eos 60D (perfect for blogging as it has a selfie-flip-screen haha) and a 50mm f 1.8 lens :)

  10. So retro sweet!
    Kisses from Sydney!

  11. This is ADORABLE, I now have it pinned to my DIY inspiration board and I would love to try it! I completely agree with trying to thrift the fabrics too!
    xo Hannah

  12. So cute :3

    恵美より ♥

  13. Super cool oufit
    very nice pics
    Great Blog and work

  14. Sooo cute, I may have to make myself a pinafore in black gingham. Such a great piece for summmer <3

    The Quirky Queer

  15. Oh my, you made me discover how easy it is to make a pinafore dress! Way better than buying one for 40$. I love that you recycle your material. My friend and I are making cushions with thrifted material, way cheaper! I really like everything you make!


  16. You know, I was browsing the internet when it stroke me. I would LOVE to make some DIY high waisted panties! (because, stores one are way too cheap and the hand made one on etsy are too pricey for my wallet...) and I thought it would be something you would be willing to do. I'm just unsure of what material would be the best...


  17. I'm so glad I found your blog ❤️ The heart pinafore is just what I was looking for to make for my baby girl. Now I know where to start! So Thank you 💕


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